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Old 04-21-2017, 02:09 PM   #226
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LOL - brake performance, like most of the rest of anything to do with a car, is highly subjective and almost always referential. "The brakes are great!" can mean anything from 'they stop the car eventually' to 'I can easily modulate them while trail braking into the slightly off-camber turn 2 at Road Atlanta while on worn tires' to 'these brakes are a helluva lot better than the brakes in my truck.' "The brakes are horrible" can also mean 'they stop the car eventually'. In the end all that really matters is that DET's getting the brake set up he wants on the car.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:25 PM   #227
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All I told you was the same lie the man told me:
And I also said that my 95 960 very nice brakes

I haven't driven an early 900 series in a long time but i will take your word that the brakes are lack luster
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:43 AM   #228
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While I'm waiting for a TASCA parts order to deliver, decided to fit check my do88 intercooler.

Once again, my anal OCD kicked in, so I cleaned up the front core support prior to the supposed "drop in" fitment of the do88. Here is the front clip sporting the new FMIC:

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Top fastener points to attach to the radiator nearly line up.... but it needs to shift just a bit to the PASS. side for 100%. Here you can see the slight obstacle which will be relieved to get the FMIC lined up dead nuts:

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A dremel will make quick work of that lip, and a bit of touch up paint she'll be good to go. I'll tell you what, this cooler had better make more POWER because it has got to weigh 20# more than the OE unit! I know that do88 certainly optimized the fitment; that is, they didn't leave any room and consumed it all. The data sheets on Eurosport TUNING claim a nice temperature reduction and a significant flow advantage (pressure drop across the cooler) with this piece. Couple pics here showing the contact between the FMIC tanks and the radiator:

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I've been studying how to route an extra trans. oil cooler and mount with this stack of heat exchangers. The only sensible path is going to require hoses, and pass thru the core support just below the do88 inlet port. No way to use hard lines with this setup. I'm investigating a 960 external trans. cooler as an option; if that doesn't work then likely aftermarket.
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:34 PM   #229
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OK, as I've got the IPD blue sports sold, and in preparation of the front brake upgrades, a couple pics of the "as found". Bone stock size front rotors, calipers, and the Zimmermann vented rotors which have served well the last ~ 5 years / 20K miles of DD-dom:

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GilRacing spacers (25mm) will be removed prior to pulling the struts. Here they hang in baited anticipation:

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Whilst I'm in here, and considering this is essentially the last waltz with this vehicle, I was cajoled by gsellstr to convert to these BNE Select parts:

https://www.kaplhenke.com/collection...e-strut-mounts

Should have this section pulled out and refitted shortly.
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Old 05-21-2017, 09:21 PM   #230
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Not much time lately due to work demands, but I'm setting up to install the BNE Select adjustable strut mounts. These will work with standard spring diameters or coil overs.

I wanted to compare my original top hats which were "camber modded" so to see where I should start to install these mounts. I moved the stock bolt position ~ 23mm, and had some serious negative camber as a result. Here you see them side by side:

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In order to use the stock upper bearing from the 7/9 and the stock top spring seat, you need to tap into place (nice tight fight) these adapter sleeves, which will receive the OEM bearing. Hopefully you can see these parts which have been assembled:

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Last, here are the pair of BNE select mounts, with his carriage bolts shown roughly positioned to match my original parts. The low cost of these parts ($200) provides the function, but you give up the ease of adjustment in position. It seems to me that to make fine adjustments of camber & caster, will require almost a disassembly to free up the spring so the mount can be adjusted. Hopefully I get it close enough with the initial install and don't require a lot of repetition to hit the targets. Here they are:

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Old Yesterday, 11:14 AM   #231
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After 2 days of house painting I finally carved out some hours to install the B&G springs/struts and the BNE Select top adjustable mounts. We start with the requisite McPherson spring compressors roughed onto 3 coils of spring:

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Here is the front B&G progressive PN, fits 7/9 and 960s (early):

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Using my super-duper 3/8in Homer Depot air ratchet I collapse the 3 bottom most coils. Note the 1/2inch 300# pipe couplings as spacers on the spring compressors..... if you don't use something here the top ends of the acme threads will be pushing against your strut towers. These are dirt cheap at HD/Lowes, and get it done:

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Since Ben Kaplan refuses to create/provide installation instruction (boxfullofparts.BNE.com) I shot him an email, and he informed me this is the proper orientation of the washer (with tapered bore to match the strut shaft) and the sleeve which spins inside his top mount spherical bearing.

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After a first attempt which wasn't going well, I decided to revise the tactic I've always used. Pulled the BNE mount back out and PRE-assembled into position (with the spring compressed). This turned out to be easier than trying to fit the spring top plate/original bearing together while releasing the springs. Here the whole shebang is, ready to raise into place:

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Look close and you see the black & yellow top bearing from the original setup (this part sourced from IPD, the "better"). And SUCCESS!

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How sweet it is! I positioned the BNE Select mounts to the "maximum caster & camber" position by eyeball..... and torqued the carriage bolts he supplies to locate the top mount. Gsellstr swears by these parts, and convinced me to shell out the $200 for them. Aside from adjustment ability, the improved steering feel he found as the big improvements. It will be awhile before I finalize alignment numbers with my FASTRAX tool, but I'm looking forward to the benefits.

Fire in the hole!

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